Monthly Archives: October 2010

Transport for London to let commuters use contactless payments

The Mayor’s transport advisor, Kulveer Ranger, said that \”These technologies have the potential to take us into a world where travelling around London can be easier and even more convenient for passengers. This technology is now maturing and could enable people to pay for their travel using credit or debit cards – resulting in a […]

APSCO says Tier 2 ICT must be included in Immigration Cap

APSCo told Migration Advisory Committee that \”If intra-company transfers are excluded the Immigration Cap will do little to restrict the influx of non-EU IT workers to the UK.\” Ann Swain, the Chief Executive of APSCo also said that the Resident Labour Market Test should also be applied to Intra Company Transfers. She went on to […]

HCL boss calls for English Language tests for EEA Medical Professionals

Kate Bleasdale told the Recruiter “Currently, over a third of doctors registered with the General Medical Council were trained overseas. With a growing and ageing population, the UK is clearly reliant on highly skilled overseas professionals. Demand for international doctors is only going to increase in the UK in the years to come. What is […]

Home Office Budget cut by 23% – Down to £8.5 Billion by 2014/15

Of the 20,000 active posts currently within the UK Border Agency more than 5,000 are expected to go, with officials insisting that the impact on border controls can be kept to a minimum by making efficiency savings and improving productivity. In response to the Spending Review the UK Border Agency has said that ‘while meeting […]

Tier 1 & Tier 5 Migrants will require Biometric Residence Permits

The biometric residence permits, which are already required by Tier 2 migrants, will replace the stickers (known as ‘vignettes’) which Tier 1 and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) migrants currently hold in their passports. In the future these migrants will be required to provide biometric information including a digital photograph and fingerprints before being allowed to […]

NHS Trust shuts department over Middle & Junior Doctor Shortages

Dr Chris Streather, the Trusts Chief Executive said that \”A clinical safety review carried out by independent senior clinicians commissioned by NHS London across all of our sites, and supported by the Trust\’s medical and nursing directors, has concluded that there are significant safety risks, particularly in regard to a serious shortage of emergency medicine […]

Mixed response to the Governments Spending Review from the REC

The Chair of the Recruitment and Employment Confederations Engineering and Technical sector group, Philip Higgins, said that “In what is a difficult economic climate, the investment in the transport infrastructure, in science and engineering research is welcome news for the manufacturing and engineering sector. Hopefully, this will in turn kick start the nuclear new build […]

Professional & Business Services Group critical of Immigration Cap

Tier 2 licensed sponsors working in business sectors across the board have been voicing their disapproval for the last few months at the Governments decision to introduce an Interim Immigration Cap. A spokesperson for a major London Based Consultancy recently said “We believe that our quota, which is very small, was based on 15pc of […]

Coalition Government will not make changes to AWR due to legal situation

The head of employment policy at EEF, David Yeandle, said \”It is disappointing that the Government has not felt able to make some changes which would have made it easier for manufacturers to implement these Regulations. However, industry recognises that, if changes had been made, this could have put at risk the vitally important 12 […]